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January 28, 2013

Ravens’ Torrey Smith beats defensive backs, adversity

Receiver played less than 24 hours after brother's death in Sept.

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“Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday...yet NE fans cry about class,” he tweeted.
 
Asked in New England how the Ravens emerged as conference champions despite being decided underdogs, Smith replied, “It’s who we are. That’s what our city is, a tough city. You get knocked down, you’ve got to get back up. That’s how life is. You just can’t lay down and roll over. You’ve got to continue to fight.”
 
And so it is with Smith.
 
“We talk about the cauldron of competition and the fire that refines us. To me, Torrey is the perfect example of how the right kind of person is made of the right kind of stuff,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s one of those rare players where there is no agenda. He just wants to know what’s expected of him, so he can do the best he possibly can. He’s not trying to fool you, he’s not trying to impress you. He’s just trying to be himself.”
 
For Smith to be at his best this season, it was important that he moved on after his brother’s death.
 
“That’s life. That’s so long ago,” Smith said with shrug Saturday as he packed his bags for a trip to New Orleans. “That happens to everyone. Someone has someone pass, and you’ve just got to move on. I’m just focused on playing football.”
 
When Smith opted to leave Maryland before his senior year, his coach at the time, Ralph Friedgen, wasn’t sure if it was the right decision. Friedgen no longer has any doubt that the 6-foot, 200-pound speedster has what it takes to be great.

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